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Black Sails XIII (Starz 21 Feb 2015, with Nick Boraine)



In Black Sails XIII Flint has issued the command to fire on the fort. Once a big enough breach has been made in the walls Flint’s men will storm the fort.

On the beach Miranda confronts Flint telling him she has something hugely important to tell him. Taking respite in a private room at Eleanor’s tavern Miranda tells Flint that Abigail Ashe is the girl being held captive by Vane and his men. She makes it clear that Flint needs to rescue Abigail and take her back to her father in the Americas. Lord Ashe was once a powerful ally of Hamilton and Flint’s but now is very anti the pirates. Miranda believes that Flint can persuade him once again to help change the English government’s mind about pardoning the pirates and allowing them to self govern Nassau. Realistically Flint knows it’s the most likely way of getting the outcome for the island that is his ultimate game plan.

Silver tells Billy the truth about what happened to Gates and why Flint did what he did. He hopes by doing so that it will make him see sense about the bigger picture and the Urca gold.

Flashbacks see the campaign to pardon the Nassau pirates but Flint/McGraw has returned from Nassau with bad news. The governor has been deposed by the pirates leaving it completely lawless. Flint though thinks the plan to pardon the pirates may just work if they appeal directly to the sealords. Before Hamilton and Flint get the chance to put any plan into action, Hamilton’s father has scuppered everything – Flint is dismissed from the Navy and Hamilton has been spirited away to an asylum. We are initially meant to think that Flint’s affair with Lady Hamilton has been the ultimate catalyst but flashbacks within the flashbacks reveal that it is actually Flint and Hamilton himself who have been having the affair.

Lord Ashe wants to get Flint and Lady Hamilton away to Europe but Flint makes it plain that they will be heading to Nassau…

The flashbacks have been superb at adding some very valuable background to Flint and his relationship with Miranda. It also adds much to our understanding of who he is and why he is so determined to make Nassau self governing.

classic quote
“We all have the same swords, the same guns but great art has felled empires.” – Rackham on the importance of having the right banner for his ship.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 21 February 2015

Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing / Director: Alik Sakharov

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 5

Toby Stephens as Captain Flint
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold as John Silver
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max
Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott
Sean Cameron Michael as Richard Guthrie
Rupert Penry-Jones as Thomas Hamilton
Mark Elderkin as Pastor Lambrick
Nick Boraine as Peter Ashe
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Robert Hobbs as Jenks
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Lawrence Joffe as Randall
Angelique Pretorius as Charlotte
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Christopher McArthur as Runner
Greg Melvill-Smith as Admiral Hennessey
Danny Keogh as Alfred Hamilton
Patrick Lavisa as Babatunde
Jake Maisel as Boy #1
Martin Van Geems as Larson
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Dylan Skews as Logan
Winston Chong as Joji
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

classic quote
I may be common but I’m not stupid

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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